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Flexible, not straight, straws…


Good morning, Netizens...

I promised myself after the last go-round that I would leave Sarah Palin alone for awhile despite the fact every time we mention her name everyone jumps on it. However, the news from California this morning and late yesterday simply precludes ignoring her.

She has a speaking contract with California State University's Stanislaus Foundation, portions of which were leaked to the news media yesterday. The real issue, according to California State Senator Leland Yee, is the University falls under public disclosure laws, despite the fact the contract contains a non-disclosure agreement.

Having said that, some of the technical statements enclosed in the contract are:

The contract detailed the former Alaska governor's requirements for her visit, including first-class flights from Anchorage to California — if she flies commercial. If not, "the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger ...," the contract specifies.

The contract includes a suite and two single rooms at a luxury hotel.

All audience questions will be pre-screened and approved by Palin in advance of her speech.

Two bottles of water with flexible straws will be on the podium.

No autographs will be granted.

Ostensibly, no video or sound recordings will be made of Palin's appearance.

Although the precise speaking fee for Palin is uncertain, the event is being booked as $500 per seat.


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